Despite the Democratic Party’s historical stance on favoring reform over punishment, they are now adopting a tougher approach on crime as they prepare for the 2024 elections. This shift comes as Republicans have criticized Democrats for being soft on crime and as voters express concerns about public safety.
Former advisor to President Barack Obama, David Axelrod, acknowledged the public’s anxiety about public safety and the need for politicians, including Democrats, to address these concerns.
As both parties gear up for the 2024 presidential election, Republicans currently have an advantage on the issue of crime. This has led some Democrats to distance themselves from the more progressive elements within their party who advocate for criminal justice reform and reducing tough prison sentences.
Failure to address the issue of crime could have a significant impact on the Democratic Party’s electoral prospects in 2024, according to political pundits.
Michael Hardaway, managing director of the public relations firm Mercury, emphasized the need for a balanced approach to crime. He argued that both Democrats and Republicans are partially correct in their approaches – Democrats advocating for reforms and Republicans for the arrest of individuals who have committed crimes. He stressed the importance of addressing both aspects and fixing the broken system.
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A Gallup poll conducted in November 2023 found that 77% of Americans believed that crime had worsened, despite data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) showing a decrease in crime rates in previous years. According to FBI data comparing the third quarter of 2023 to the previous year, violent crime had fallen by 8%, and property crime had reached its lowest level since 1961.
In September 2023, an NBC News survey indicated that most Americans believed Republicans outperformed Democrats on the issue of crime.